Memoirs of an Aesthete

Memoirs of an Aesthete

by Harold Acton

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ISBN-13: 9780571247660
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 12/28/2008
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Harold Acton (1904-1994) was a writer, scholar and aesthete who listed as his principal recreation 'hunting the philistines'. From the balcony of his Oxford rooms he famously declaimed passages from The Waste Land through a megaphone.He wrote in many different mediums, publishing nearly thirty books, with his poetry and fiction being markedly less successful than his other works.

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AdelphiNettie More than 1 year ago
Harold Action knew the entire generation of British writers and artists who were coming of age before and during World War I; this volume takes the reader up the the penultimate moments of the start of World war II. It is beautifully written and is filled with the author's memories of his years at Oxford, his life in China, his spiritual home, and his many friendships. Although many think that he was the model for the character Anthony Blanche in "Brideshead Revisited", "Brideshead"'s author, Evelyn Waugh, stated that Blanche was a composite of Acton and another Oxford graduate, Brian Howard, as well as Waugh's own creativity. It's hard to imagine Anthony Blanche writing anything as nuanced as "Memoirs of an Aesthete". Acton's vocabulary is prodigious; you may find it useful to have a dictionary handy. Also, since many incidents and persons are lost to the mists of time, you may find it necessary to use the internet (or an extremely good encyclopedia) to ensure that you receive the richest possible reading experience.